Hotel Guests Want Free Wi-Fi More Than AnythingBy: Chad Sweely - April 11, 2012
Back in the days before the Internet became an integral part of our lives, a hotel was simply a hotel, where not many criteria was involved, other than it having a bed to rest on overnight while traveling a long distance. Now, with our lives and occupations having to be plugged-in (so to speak) into the Internet all the time, there is a necessity for wireless internet being in the hotel.
According to a study performed by Hotels.com, 38% of hotel guests chose free wi-fi over any other amenity provided by the hotel they were staying in. This amenity succeeded at the top, where free breakfast (25%) and free parking (18%) fell right below it.
This premise makes perfect sense, because the common medium that helps people stay connected to their business, family, and friends is the Internet. This is even more validated with the use of smartphones and tablets dominating the tech industry.
I do have to say, when I travel around the country, a hotel that offers free wi-fi is definitely part of the criteria where I stay overnight.
To show how important free wi-fi is at hotels, I provided some tweets from the Twitter community that are microblogging about their hotel’s wi-fi connection.
All I want to do right now is download the Electric Daisy Carnival documentary to watch on the plane tomorrow, but the hotel wifi is bogus.
the wifi at this hotel is so perf I’m tearing up a bit.
Finally has a hotel with WiFi lol. @ Traders Hotel, KL
Hotel has free wifi. SCORE.
Is free wi-fi a priority for you when choosing a hotel? Let us know below in this post’s comments section.